Any other travel nurses out there miss your pets when you’re on assignment? Me too! My dog is my everything, my sidekick and he comes on lots of Travel Nurse adventures with me!
Dodger is almost 9 years old and has been intermittently traveling with me on assignments over the last 9 months. Our favourite pet friendly locations have been Sechelt and Port Alberni. Although the days can be long, I found my work schedule in both locations had a good balance of work days and days off so as not be too lonely for Dodger and both locations offered amazing scenery to explore.
While other travel nurses I’ve met have hired dog walkers to assist during their work days, Dodger has mobility issues and does well with walks before and after work and sometimes a quick visit at dinner time :)
Dodger has a Primary Autoimmune disease that left him with nearly no platelets at 4 years old. After a year of immunosuppressant medications, Dodger was left with a torn patellar tendon that no surgeon wanted to repair due to his autoimmune condition. So, his quadriceps atrophied. He also has spondylitis with fusion of most of his vertebrae.
Despite all of this, Dodger is such a happy boy and has been using a wheelchair to assist him on adventures for over one year now!
Traveling with your pet can be so rewarding. Being away from home can feel isolating at times but coming home from work to that smiling fur ball and getting to explore new places together makes being away from home so much easier!
You can check out some of Dodger’s adventures by using #dodgergoestravelnursing
All the best to you and your pets!
Amy & Dodger